Approximately two hours ago Newcastle United announced, via the club official Twitter account, the contract extensions of homegrown talisman Andy Carroll and Spanish import Javier Manquillo.
Carroll’s extension is for one additional year on a similar “pay-as-you-play” wage structure as his deal for the 2019/20 season. The perennially injury-prone striker has proved his worth this campaign as an invaluable hold-up man and distributor, with five assists to his name. Despite appearing as a late substitute, Carroll was arguably man of the match in an otherwise drab fixture against Villa, with nifty dribbling and an insightful cross leading to Dwight Gayle’s goal for the Toon.
Javier Manquillo began the season as somewhat of a rotation player at right-back alongside DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth. However, the former Atlético Madrid defender has had a convincing emergence into constant first-team football, leaving his American and Swedish teammates in his wake. Manquillo has not missed a step since returning from the extended break, and his four-year contract extension is well deserved. Going from strength to strength at twenty-six years old, the club hopes that Manquillo’s best years are still ahead of him.